10 new measles cases reported at start of school year

ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton shares what parents can do to protect their children as they head back to school.
1:25 | 08/13/19

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Transcript for 10 new measles cases reported at start of school year
We turn now to that health alert about measles as kids get ready to head back to school. It's the worst outbreak in decades and ten new cases just reported. I want to get back to Dr. Jen who's here with us. Break down these new numbers. New numbers from the CDC. Let's get right to them. This measles outbreak is not letting up. There are about 1100 cases confirmed now, 124 did require hospitalization. 64 of those had serious complications like pneumonia or encephalitis. The majority of cases have occurred in unvaccinated people, many of them children. This is not just a national issue. It's affecting 30 states. It is a worldwide issue with massive measles outbreaks occurring in the drc, Madagascar and the Ukraine. Not just around the world but as you point out right here in the United States and there is time to take action if you're a parent. As we get ready to send kids back to school, the most important thing, get vaccinated. One dose of the mmr vaccine is 93% protection, two doses 97%. Parents need to recognize the symptoms that can initially look like the common cold, cough, runny nose, very high fever. The rash starts three to five days after the symptoms which can start seven days or more after exposure. So know the symptoms and get vaccinated. And preventable. Totally. Keep your kids home if they do show symptoms. With any infection you want to try to keep kids home.

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